Why Yowie Chronicles?
After personally experiencing two Yowie encounters and since conducting many interviews where people have come forward with their personal accounts I've decided to create an information portal for Yowie sightings and accounts to help bring together as much information as possible about these elusive creatures in a professional way. People can leave a description of their Yowie sightings and it is hoped these will help disseminate information about these strange and elusive creatures. The new website is not about hunting Yowies or researching as I'm not a qualified animal researcher and don't profess to be one but the site IS about investigating which I am very qualified to do from my background with investigative journalism.
People with sightings can get in touch with me via the form below and on the dedicated website and I'd be interested in hearing stories however brief or detailed. There are no pretenses, ridicule, or interrogation with this process and I'm purely interested in hearing about encounters and I hope that through this process of sharing the experiences of Yowie sightings we all become more informed about the creatures and also how to deal with them if they are encountered. Too often over the years, people that have had sightings have been ridiculed and I believe its simply because these creatures' existence are so far beyond our comfort zone off acceptance. From my own experience, some of the people I have discussed these creatures with would have some belief in aliens rather than a Yowie. I don't discredit their beliefs either but Yowies are flesh and blood and continue to be seen as they have throughout history.
If you have a Yowie encounter I would appreciate your help in understanding it and you can leave some details below for me to contact you. I've developed a website and blog to help record sightings and encounters and there will be a link to these sites and podcasts here shortly but in the meantime, I look forward to hearing of your Yowie encounters throughout Australia.
Please leave your encounter details below and I'll be in touch to discuss your sighting.
This is a very brief introduction on the history of the Yowie. There will be more detailed information quoting historical records on the new website shortly.
Yowies are out in our Australian bush and have been well documented throughout Australian colonial history from as early as 1789 and found in Aboriginal history.
The Yowie is common in Aboriginal culture and has gone by many different names depending on the region. In Queensland the Yowie is known to some Aboriginal tribes as quinkin and joogabinna. while in New South Wales it is known as thoolagal, jurrawarra, myngawin, puttikan, doolaga,gularga, and Ghindaring. Some other names include yaroma, noocoonah, wawee, pangkarlangu, tjangara and jimbra.
The Yowie is thought to be similar to the American Bigfoot or Sasquatch. In Australia, the creatures appear to be of two types, a smaller variety of about 4-5 feet and a larger variety that can grow to 7-10 feet tall. There is much debate as to whether the Yowie and Sasquatch are hominid or another unclassified species. In all cases, the creatures are extremely hairy ranging from black to red-brown and some grey. The smaller variety appears to have heavy hair cover and indistinct impression of the body while the larger variety is extremely muscular with the body and musculature evident through the hairy coat.
The larger variety observed have either a very ape like face or a face with slight human characteristics. Some researchers believe the human-like face on some are the result of breeding with humans. There are many reports from Aboriginal communities of these creatures taking women and children.
From my own investigation of accounts, it appears that the variety of Yowie and Sasquatch with the more animalistic face is the most aggressive. Real-life encounters would lead me to believe that the creatures are opportunistic hunters and can quickly ascertain the vulnerability of their interest including humans. The best advice if a yowie is encountered is to move away from the area while maintaining the creature in sight. Running away from them appears to trigger a chase reaction from the Yowie in many circumstances, but not all.
Yowies have also been observed in family groups on rare occasions and in groups of 2-3 individuals at other times but in most circumstances, only a single individual is seen. In all cases the best response is to move away from the area slowly and if in a vehicle ensure all doors are locked. They are opportunistic hunters and appear to have an ability similar to the crocodile of noticing the behaviour of prey and humans which is also a reason why they are so elusive.
The Yowies and Sasquatch have had a variety of recordings made of the vocalizations. Their vocalizations range from very loud whoops to lion-like growls and monkey-like chatter to an almost human-like jibberish.
Some Yowie encounters have mentioned an extremely putrid odour similar to a wet dog and rotting meat but this is not always present. The movement of the Yowie is mostly bipedal according to accounts and research but they have often been observed on all four limbs crawling like a cat. Its my belief that some of the so-called puma sightings in Queensland have actually been these creatures.
The creatures are endowed with incredible strength and can move at a speed that defies its size as many accounts testify. Another reason to stay clear of these creatures if encountered and an absolute rule if alone. There have been reports in America of lone hikers being killed even when they have been heavily armed. I believe there could be some missing person cases in Australia attributed to these creatures, particularly in areas that have documented encounters with the Yowies.